What an exciting month it was for me in our local art world. First I got to help with the Swing into Art exhibit, which brought many visitors from the Master Tournament to the Arts and Heritage Center from around the world. I also entered a piece of my artwork for the exhibit.
Then the North Augusta Student Art Exhibit was hung, and what beautiful work this exhibit had in it this year. Each year the exhibit just gets better and better. We have very talented art students from elementary, middle and high schools. The teachers are to be commended for their teaching skills with the quality of art work the students exhibited.
This year I got to be one of the judges for this exhibit. While it was a thrill to judge, it was also one of the hardest jobs I have done in a very long time. We three judges had to agree on the winners, or two out of three had to agree. Thank goodness we all agreed on the pieces. However, it did take us over two hours and many trips back and forth to be sure we had gotten each choice right.
The Best in Show, done by North Augusta High School student Matthew Berry, Creek in Forest, was a sure thing as soon as we saw the piece. First, second and third place in each level were also easy to choose. It was the honorable mention ribbons that were so hard to pick. We had only 21 slots for these ribbons and there were so many pieces worthy of being chosen.
All of the children were adorable, but one young man from the second grade stole the show, so to speak. He came dressed to the nines. His mother told me he had planned his wardrobe from the first of the week as to be sure he wore the correct clothes. He came carrying a notebook of his artwork for others to view. He is a very personable young man and talented. A real joy to meet and talk with, he has a goal and that is to be a great artist, he said.
The North Augusta Artists Guild also gave the first Student Art Scholarship from the guild at their meeting on May 7 to Matthew Berry. Matthew presented a fine selection of art for the NAAG Board to view with his application for the scholarship. He did a power point for the members of NAAG who attended the meeting to view as well after receiving his scholarship at the meeting. Charles Deloach, a local photographer, was the guest speaker at the NAAG meeting, doing a program on “How to Photograph your Art.”
It was a wonderful program and made the meeting even more exciting for the members.
So you can see, May was an exciting month for the arts for many of us here in North Augusta.
This month, seven members of the North Augusta Artists Guild will showcase their work at the Nancy Carson Library.
Also, a Summer Artisans Market will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta. The market will showcase works by local artists and it will partner with the Heritage Council’s What’s in Your Attic antiques assessment event.